Remember hearing Trick Daddy’s “Let’s Go” featuring Lil Jon and Twista throughout the 2000s? It appears that what is currently marked as one of his most successful songs came at only a tiny price.
It’s well-known that the 2004 hit — produced by Jim Jonsin and Bigg D — samples Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” but the Miami rapper recently shared deeper into the background story of how clearing it came about.
According to HipHopDX, not only did he receive the green light from the rockstar but he also only had to pay very little for it.
“When I heard that the original owner of the song loved the fact that I wanted to redo a sample of his beat and it wasn’t gonna take that much? I was ready to do that,” he told HipHopDX.
He continued: “Of course, I gave him his share. But as far as upfront money, it was pennies.”
The outlet reports that “the negotiations granted Osbourne residual royalties from the implementation of multiple elements from his original” into Trick Daddy’s “Let’s Go.”
The sample clearance allowed for the track to blow up and be featured in box-office hits such as “Stomp The Yard” and “Neighbors.” Although it was released in 2004, Trick Daddy believes the song will continue to stand the test of time.
“That [song] and ‘Take It To The House,’ they gonna play them forever for y’all,” he said, according to the outlet. “And when you get a song that lasts forever, that makes you legendary.”
Recently, AfroTech previously reported on another sampling feat. SWV’s “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)” was given the nod of approval from Michael Jackson and the sample of his 1982 classic was cleared for free.
“That’s one of our top 5 hits, and we were one of the first artists who he allowed to use his sample,” group member Tamara “Taj” Johnson told the Atlanta Black Star in 2021. “That song has done great things for us.”